A proud mum is getting into a spin over the Olympics – not the Rio games but the Beijing Winter Olympics of 2022.
Sally Meikle-Janney from Almondbury is organising a static cycling challenge to raise funds to help her daughter Amber, a talented paraplegic mono-skier, realise her dream of competing with the ParaSnowsport GB Team in Beijing in six years time.
Amber, 17, a student at Greenhead College, has already made her mark on the sport by being the only female sit skier at the first Para-Alpine British National Championships.
Now she is an invitational athlete with the British Parasnowsport Team and trains at the Chill Factore in Manchester twice a week. Her goal is to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics – and to that end is aiming to attend a training camp with National Sports Centre for the Disabled in Colorado, USA, to help her develop as a skier and work toward the 2022 games.
Amber was an able-bodied skier from the age of seven but four years ago developed hereditary spastic papaplegia, a rare neurological condition that affects the muscles in her legs.
Now Sally has been joined by Trevor Seymour, of TMS Indoor Cycling at Body Transformation Gym, Quay Street, Turnbridge Mills, Huddersfield, to organise a Spinathon in the gym car park to raise funds to help Amber progress in her sport.
The aim of the event, which takes place from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, September 10, will be to keep the pedals of 20 bikes turning for eight continuous hours.
Sally and Trevor will be joined in the challenge by several gym instructors – but are also appealing for others to join them.
Sally said: “We are looking for donations and suggestions of £5 from every participant – but whatever people would like to donate will be very much appreciated.”
The event will also include a barbecue, a cake sale, a raffle and a sale of homemade hats made by Amber.
To take part, email Trevor at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sally at email@example.com or go to www.tmswellbeing.co.uk